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A Korean family starts a farm in 1980s Arkansas.

Director:

Lee Isaac Chung

Writer:

Lee Isaac Chung
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan S. Kim ... David (as Alan Kim)
Yeri Han ... Monica
Noel Cho ... Anne (as Noel Kate Cho)
Steven Yeun ... Jacob
Darryl Cox ... Mr. Harlan
Esther Moon ... Mrs. Oh
Ben Hall ... Dowsing Dan
Eric Starkey ... Randy Boomer
Will Patton ... Paul
Yuh-Jung Youn ... Soonja (as Yuh-jung Youn)
Jacob M Wade ... Johnnie (as Jacob Wade)
James Carroll ... Brother Roy
Jenny Phagan ... Bonnie
Tina Parker ... Debbie
Chloe Lee ... June

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Storyline

Yearning to own a small patch of land and be more than a chicken sexer, the ambitious paterfamilias, Jacob Yi, relocates his Korean-American family: sceptical wife, Monica, and their children, David and Anne, from California to 1980s rural Arkansas, to start afresh and capture the elusive American Dream. However, new beginnings are always challenging, and to find out what is best for the family, let alone start a 50-acre farm to grow and sell Korean fruits and vegetables, is easier said than done. But, amid sincere promises, cultural unease, fleeting hopes, and the ever-present threat of financial disaster, Jacob is convinced that he has found their own slice of Eden in the rich, dark soil of Arkansas. Can grandma Soon-ja's humble but resilient minari help the Yi family figure out their place in the world? Written by Nick Riganas

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements and a rude gesture | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The whole film was shot in 25 days. All of the scenes involving the creek were filmed in a single day. See more »

Goofs

Modern cars are visible in one shot as the family drives through town. See more »

Quotes

Jacob: Remember what we said when we got married? That we'd move to America and save each other?
Monica: I remember.
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Soundtracks

Rain Song
Written by Emile Mosseri and Stefanie Y. Hong
Performed by Emile Mosseri and Yeri Han
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This is the American dream
4 April 2021 | by helio_lamegoSee all my reviews

Many stories about the "American dream" are constructed around families from different social backgrounds in big urban areas, so it's very refreshing to see the hard work and the will to survive from a Korean family in the middle of rural America.

Funny, beautiful, impactful, "Minari" is a great story about a man's determination of creating the best possible life in a very difficult time. And the score is *chef's kiss*


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

Korean | English

Release Date:

12 February 2021 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Minari See more »

Filming Locations:

Oklahoma, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$193,460, 14 February 2021

Gross USA:

$2,850,651

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,057,595
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Plan B Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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